STEP is pleased to welcome you to our Thrift Store and Donation Centers! This community-based business enterprise began in June of 2007 with the opening of a store in Wayne, MI. It serves as an opportunity to train and employ individuals with developmental and mental disabilities. We expanded the operation in 2011, adding a second store in Southgate and Dearborn in 2016.
Individuals with employment barriers are often frustrated by the feeling that they are unable to find employers who are sympathetic to their needs and who are willing to take the time to develop their skills.
By encouraging associates growth in the retail model, new opportunities open up in the workforce as new skills are fostered and groomed.
We strive to serve the individual employee by developing their retail skills that mirror mainstream businesses. This will hopefully allow those employees we serve the opportunity to “Grow and Go” by finding employment in other sections of the community and opening a spot for another associate to enter into our establishment and reap the benefits of retail training and employment.
We welcome our shoppers into our clean and inviting stores to get a great bargain but to also meet our associates.
Another great way to support our mission is to donate your gently used merchandise to the store for resale! All monies received from sale of merchandise and donations is directly used to support the store associates as they grow in retail skills and make steps toward finding a job in the community.